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An eccentric scientist teaches a student in his own manner while he looks for a way to clone his deceased wife.

Director:

Ivan Passer

Writers:

Jeremy Leven (novel), Jeremy Leven (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Dr. Harry Wolper
Mariel Hemingway ... Meli
Vincent Spano ... Boris Lafkin
Virginia Madsen ... Barbara Spencer
David Ogden Stiers ... Dr. Sid Kullenbeck
John Dehner ... Paul
Karen Kopins ... Lucy Wolper
Kenneth Tigar ... Pavlo
Elsa Raven ... Mrs. Mallory
Lee Kessler Lee Kessler ... Mrs. Pruitt
Rance Howard ... Mr. Spencer
Ellen Geer ... Mrs. Spencer
Ian Wolfe ... Prof. Brauer
Mike Jolly Mike Jolly ... Boom-Boom
Burton Collins Burton Collins ... Lyman
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Storyline

Dr. Harry Wolper is a character. First he steals Boris, a new student assistant by promising him a co-ed's phone number. Then he hijacks new high tech equipment for his own research, confusing the other university researchers who can't see "the big picture." Harry has a plan, he wants to clone his dead wife, but first he needs an egg and a host. He mounts his search by stapling notices to every telephone pole in town from his bike, which is how he meets Mili. As the year progresses, he sees Boris' romance follow the same pattern as his own, twenty-five years ago. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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He is obsessed to re-create his wife...she died thirty years ago. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Picture See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,019,728, 20 September 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,349,607
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut produced screenplay of writer Jeremy Leven. See more »

Quotes

Dr Harry Wolper: Sequencer? Sid doesn't need a sequencer, Pavlo.... And he doesn't have the room for it anyway.
Pavlo: Oh, he put all of his animals in my lab.
[pause]
Dr Harry Wolper: Sid may have the only biology lab in the world that has nothing alive in it.
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Alternate Versions

Outtake added to broadcast version: A flashback scene of young Harry Wolper cavorting with wife Lucy in an amusement park and on a beach. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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I'm a Woman
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
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Peter O"Toole at his best
9 April 2005 | by DrPostmanSee all my reviews

I don't rate films often, but the rating (5.8) seemed so low to me that I had to offer a comment or two. This film is a true gem, and one of the best films I have ever seen Peter O'Toole act in. David Ogden Stiers is great as a "bad guy" who isn't bad at all. Virginia Madsen is absolutely gorgeous (it has been years since I last saw this film but I still remember that shower scene). Even Hemmingway, who I don't usually like, puts in a good performance. This is a very touching romance story, that also deals a lot with letting go, but not giving up. It also doesn't get too preachy about the morals of genetic engineering. I did keep thinking through the film that even if he could bring his wife back it still wouldn't be the person he loved so much, no matter how much he wanted that. A great film that deserves a better rating.


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